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Stratford to Honeybourne successful in bid for "Restoring Your Railway" funding
The scheme to reopen the railway line from Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne took a step forward this week when the Governement announced that it was one of the schemes accepted to receive funding under the "Restoring Your Railway" scheme.

Funding will enable an Economic Impact Study (EIS) to be progressed which, hopefully, will lead to a full business case that will support the reopening of the line.
The proposal to reopen Stratford to Honeybourne is supported by the North Cotswolds Line Taskforce, who have proposed two services:-

  • an hourly service from Stratford-upon-Avon to Didcot Parkway via Oxford

  • an hourly service from Stratford-upon-Avon to Worcester, extending to Kidderminster, Stourbridge Junction and Birmingham Snow Hill and possibly forming a circular service back to Stratford-upon-Avon via Henley-in-Arden or Dorridge.
Of the 50 schemes submitted for stage 2 of the scheme, 15 were accepted for further funding.  In addition to Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne, the successful schemes were as follows :-

  • Reopened lines and new passenger services, Melton Mowbray - Nottingham
  • Reopened lines and new passenger services, Alfreton - Ashfield (Maid Marian Line)
  • Reopened lines and new passenger services, Consett-Newcastle
  • New Station at Ferryhill, Ferryhill - Stockton-on-Tees
  • Enhanced existing passenger services, Preston - Blackpool South
  • Reopened lines and new passenger services, Bolton-Radcliffe / Bolton-Bury
  • New station at Beeston Castle and Tarporley, Crewe - Chester
  • New Station at St Anne's Park, Bristol Temple Meads - Bath Spa
  • Enhanced existing passenger services, Truro - Falmouth
  • New Station at Langport and Somerton, Castle Cary - Taunton
  • Reopened lines and new passenger services, Kemble - Cirencester
  • Reopened lines and new passenger services, Wareham - Swanage
  • Reopened lines and new passenger services, Gainsborough - Barton
  • New Station at Waverley, Sheffield - Chesterfield

In addition, a separate new stations fund will see new stations built at Edginswell on the outskirts of Torquay, Thanet Parkway in Kent, and St Clears in Carmarthenshire.
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1 July 2020

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7 June 2020

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